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Three keys to a Real Madrid win against Tottenham

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Modric and Kroos must control the midfield.

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Real Madrid host Tottenham this Tuesday in what will be a good opportunity for Los Blancos to make a statement after yet another mediocre performance against Getafe last Saturday. Here are three things Real Madrid must do in order to earn the three points.

  1. Dominate the midfield. Tottenham are at their best when the game is chaotic and anarchic, that’s when players like Eriksen, Son or Harry Kane are very dangerous. Therefore, Madrid will need to dominate and control the tempo of the game through Modric and Kroos while Casemiro quickly tries to recover the ball whenever Madrid are dispossessed.
  2. Keep Harry Kane under control. It’s clear that Ramos and Varane will start in the center of Real Madrid’s defensive line. Kane will surely try to play close to Varane in order to stay away from Ramos, so the French defender will need to show that physical strikers are not a problem for him anymore.
  3. Careful with their wings. Marcelo is coming off an injury and will face an interesting challenge in Eriksen or Son. On the other hand, Nacho isn’t a pure full back either so he could struggle. Ramos, Varane and Casemiro will need to help Marcelo and Nacho quite often.

HOW TO WATCH, STREAM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Date: 10/17/2017

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

Available TV: FOX Sports 2 (USA), BT Sport Extra (UK), Antena 3 (Spain).

Available Streaming: FOX Sports GO (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a summer discount for new members and Managing Madrid readers).